Written by Zhang Xiaoyu
At 1: 32 a.m., April 18, 2016, (Eastern time zone of Canada), Qufu Normal University Delegation，vice president of Qufu Normal University Professor Wang Jisuo, dean of the Department of Physics and Engineering Dr. Kong Xiangmu, and deputy director of International Exchange Center Professor Sun Wei, arrived in Fredericton, the capital city of New Brunswick. The foreign director Teng Jing, Chinese director Li Minhong, the Chinese teacher Zhang Xiaoyu, volunteer teacher Cao Xi and Li Nannan, on behalf of CINB, received the delegation.
The first stop of the delegation is to visit Bliss Carman Middle School where Chinese language and culture classes have been offered since last September. BCMS is a technology rich school, and it’s the first one in New Brunswick to set up Maker Space, including 3D printer, film creation and robot designing, to promote increased learning opportunities for students and encourage students to accept new things. And, with the support of the whole school, the Chinese enrichment project has been initiated to provide a new way for the exploration of the Chinese curriculum in local middle schools. To show their respect, BCMS principal Mr. Hamilton, vice principal Ms. Cloutier, and teacher Ms. Merasty showed the delegation around the whole school, visiting the gymnasium, technology room, art room, music classroom, library, Maker space etc.. Professor Wang and Mr. Hamilton made a preliminary discussion on school's teaching methods, students training methods and the promotion of Chinese classes and looked forward to a more in-depth cooperation in future.
Having left BCMS, the delegation made a short visit to New Brunswick University. After that, they went to the Atlantic Education International (AEI), an agency directly affiliated to the educational department of New Brunswick, and the execution unit of CINB, which provides strong supports for the promotion of Chinese language and culture. The delegation met with vice president of AEI Mr. Lawrence and the whole staff to express gratitude of Qufu Normal University and present a traditional Chinese gift, the stele rubbing work.
The last stop of the delegation is to visit Park Street School where the volunteer teacher Cao Xi teaches Chinese language and culture. Park Street School is one of the best elementary schools in New Brunswick with 5 years experience of Chinese language and culture teaching. After two volunteer teachers' hard work and excellent performance, it has become the benchmark of Chinese curriculum for other local schools. And under the support and advocacy of principal Mr. Treadwell, Park Street School will set up the first tri-lingual school in New Brunswick in September 2016, which will also be the first one in Canada. And then, the whole school will have the opportunity to learn English, French and Chinese. The delegation listened with great interest to Mr. Treadwell’s report on the planning of creating a tri-lingual school, implementation plans and two experience exchanging meetings on April 19 and May 6. And, the delegation gave some constructive suggestions on the creation mode and implementation ways of tri-lingual school. Also, the three professors of Chinese delegation showed great interest in teaching methods and operation methods of tri-lingual school and put forward expectation of further theoretical research.
After the meeting, the delegation visited volunteer teacher Cao Xi’s office. Mr. Wang encouraged all the teachers and volunteer teachers to work harder and take initiative to get involved in the local community to get varied experiences for future life. Mr. Kong expressed gratitude on behalf of the delegation to CINB for giving helps and cares to teachers and volunteer teachers. Mr. Sun said impressively it’s a great honor to see everyone had done a wonderful job! And, CINB foreign director Ms. Teng also expressed her gratitude to Qufu Normal University for sending so many excellent teachers and volunteer teachers to Canada. She believes the whole group of CINB can make greater contributions to the cultural exchange and cooperation between China and Canada by enforcing cohesive force and leading force.
（新布伦瑞克省孔院汉语老师 张晓宇 供稿）
代表团首站参观张晓宇老师任教的Bliss Carman中学，该中学属全省重点中学，拥有雄厚的师资力量和硬件设施。是新省第一所拥有“创客空间”（ 3D打印机、微电影创作、机器人设计）的中学，鼓励学生动手、动脑，勇于、乐于接受新事物。该校有着良好的多元文化氛围，自去年9月份开始邀请孔院教师开设汉语语言文化课程，之后又推出汉语精品班项目，为孔院深入当地学校的探索开辟新途径。此次接待，校方给予了高度重视，校长Hamilton先生，副校长Clourtier女士，教师Merasty女士全程陪同讲解，介绍学校的整体情况，并参观了体育馆，木工房，机房，美术教室，音乐教室，图书馆，创客空间等。王校长一行就学校的授课方式，学生培养方式以及汉语课的推广模式等和校方进行了探讨。